Thursday, November 29, 2012

Finding Inspiration In The Every Day- 5

From birth we learn to respond to feedback and encouragement. From first smiles to first steps, from riding a bicycle to driving a car, we learn and gain confidence from the compliments and constructive feedback we receive for our efforts.

As adults I think it's safe to say we all appreciate a thoughtful word, comment  or thank you in a harried day.

And even when we are grown up, each time we take on something new, the child in us needs reassurance, that we are doing a good job as we master the new skill, situation, or challenge we take on.

As a newbie to Twitter I have been blown away by the kindness of more experienced Tweeters who never miss an opportunity to say thank you when I follow them or retweet or comment on one of their messages. I hope to pay their kindness forward and try to do the same.

 I see how the words THANK YOU can be so powerful and precious  when you only have 140 characters in total to write your message.

So it is the same, in the everyday cyber world, where I have found great inspiration in other bloggers who not only read my posts but also take the time to comment. 

As you know I am a very reserved, private English girl. Those characteristics  do not necessarily gel well with being a blogger, where you are encouraged to spill your guts. So each time I publish a post, I hold my breath as some of my thoughts go out into cyberspace.

The silence when each new post first goes out can be deafening.

 I am sure no one is reading it, (except the counter tells me otherwise)  and if they are I have no idea what they think......

 And then Rachel at  midlifesinglemom comes to the rescue! I have known Rachel since we were teenagers in London, but reconnected with her through our blogs. She has been so amazingly constant with her comments on my blog and I in turn have responded regularly to her posts.

For my efforts she has generously bestowed an RAA on me (Reader Appreciation Award) which I gratefully accept without any kind of thank you speech.

A condition of this award is to answer some questions (which the private Brit in me is not going to do-you all know quite enough already!) and tag other readers who I really appreciate.

Now I know that most of you who are reading this do not blog. But many of you do write to me on face book and SHARE my posts on your FB page, send me an email or tell me in person.  So to all of you I am EXTREMELY grateful and I THANK YOU for encouraging me and reminding me I am not talking to an empty cyber room.

To those of you who blog and comment on Brainstorm, I am passing on the RAA to you: Liz at Rambling Prose  , Laura at      Remodeling:A Love Story , Corey at Egret The Elephant ,  Maria Ana at My Daily pages . THANK YOU for filling my cyberspace with your warmth and encouragement. 

You do not have to accept the award, but if you do and would like to answer the questions I avoided ( such as which movie star  would play you in a movie and  details of your first kiss) you can  find the questions here at HelloItsGemma. Or you can just pay it forward and thank some other bloggers you appreciate.

We can never be thanked too much.

 So thank you ALL again for sending your feedback to me and now go and thank someone else for something they have done for you and inspire their day.

Leave me a comment and let me know who you thanked and why you did so.

With great appreciation. 

Gilly
All pictures from google images


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Thank you! 

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14 comments:

  1. Your blogs are filled with gratitude that is why they are so heartwarming :)

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    1. Tali-Thanks for your lovely message. I always appreciate your feedback.
      Gillyx

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  2. It is a tough balance to handle the desire for privacy and the desire to communicate, connect and express. I have been blogging for years and I feel the same way every time I post.

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    1. Corey -I guess most writers feel this way if they are writing authentically and honestly.
      Gilly

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  3. Ohh Gilly thanks so much!!! because you know what you deserve all of it because you have a warm heart that everybody feels when ever they come across your webpage. I feel that, homey, and welcoming warmth whenever I come and visit yours. I never even imagine that we can build good friendship relationship on twitter or the cyberworld but then i realized i think it is possible. who knows one day, we will meet in person and that will be so great!!! right? Sometimes i also find comfort from good people out there and its humbling that our intentions of good friendship is accepted and welcomed.

    Have a great Friday to you and your family!!

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    1. MariaAna- Thank you for your lovely appreciative response. You made me feel very welcome on Twitter and I will not forget that :-)). One of the beauties of cyberspace is the ability to connect with people all around the world with similar values and interests. So glad I "met" you.

      I know we will be in touch often. Have a great weekend.

      Gilly

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  4. Gilly--THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful insights with all of us!
    Lynn

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    1. Thank you Lynn for reading and commenting
      Gilly

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  5. Thank you for the mention and for rising to the RAA challenge with such evasive aplomb. :)

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    1. Skirting the issue is a strong British trait! You are welcome Rachel! Have a great weekend.
      Gilly

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  6. Dear Gilly,
    As an artist, I am happy and grateful for your profound presence in our virtual yet real world.
    Your connections to other people are branching out like fractals!

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    1. Jessie -Thank you for your tremendous support from the get go and for reading and commenting also. A true friend and a great artist!
      Gilly

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  7. Gilly thank you, not only for the award, but for letting us into your life also.
    I am also a very private British person, but blogging is different lol. I talked about it in a recent post....I started blogging to talk about Trigeminal Neuralgia, but suddenly I was talking about my life and almost everything and anything in it.
    So again, thank you for the award, and I haven't read the rules, but if possible, I would also nominate you again. I always look forward to reading your posts and I always hope that your husband isn't being knocked down again by TN.
    Keep writing,
    Liz
    (a very thankful reader)

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  8. Hi Liz,
    Since i evaded most of the rules with, as Rachel puts it "aplomb" I suggest you do what ever is most comfortable and rewards your readers with an RAA best! It's a lovely way to say thank you and I was glad for the opportunity. So glad we met in the blogosphere.
    Have a good weekend.
    Gilly

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